The Civil Guard creates the National Registry of Arms to improve the identification of weapons and their owners

It will contain the information necessary for the traceability and identification of weapons

With the publication of Royal Decree 726/2020, of August 4, the Arms Regulations have been modified. Among the new features that are being introduced is the creation of the National Arms Registry. This new body will be located in the Central Intervention of Arms and Explosives of the General Directorate of the Civil Guard.

This registry will include those weapons, ammunition, essential components, guides, authorizations and licenses that proceed in accordance with what is established in the regulations and is intended to link the weapons with their owners.

Likewise, and for traceability reasons, Directive 2017/853 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishes the expiration of these data in 30 years after the destruction of firearms or their essential components.

Likewise, access to them is allowed to the competent authorities, establishing the head colonel of the Central Intervention of Weapons and Explosives as the person responsible for data processing.

Until now, the weapons regulations approved by R.D. 137/1993, provided that the Central Registry of Guides and Licenses would be located in the Central Intervention of Weapons and Explosives of the General Directorate of the Civil Guard.

Subsequently, the identification records of the firearms and of the persons who acquired or possessed them, had to appear in a file called “ARMS”, which was regulated by order of the Interior Minister INT / 1202/2011.

With the current modification, the Central Registry of Guides and Licenses is renamed the National Registry of Weapons, containing the necessary information so that the vicissitudes of a weapon from its origin are known at all times.

For any questions or clarification in relation to the content of this note, you should contact the Peripheral Communication Office of the Headquarters of Arms, Explosives and Security, telephone 682 844 368.

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